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Dr. Julie Lane

Subject Expertise: Special Education/Music
Education: EdD in Educational Leadership, Administration, & Policy from Pepperdine University; MA in Special Education from Chapman University; MM in Music Performance (Harp) from University of Redlands; BM in Music Performance (Harp) from California State University, Fullerton 
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA, but lives in Reno, NV

As an educator, I find great value in collaborating and consulting with community members, especially key constituencies in the educational process, including parents, teachers, school leaders, and their advocacy organizations, plus businesses, government entities, and nonprofit organizations with educational interests.  Each has a contribution to make and is benefitted in helping to raise a child.  In today’s world of multiple obligations, expectations, hazards, and uncertainties, children need to be guided and supported in the communities where they live and go to school.  Moreover, building collaborative relationships and empowering community members creates networks of support that help children to recognize their value in facing the challenges of life.

Professional Experience: Fresno Pacific University - Associate Professor; Re-Imagining Special Education – A Non-profit, Executive Director; 25+ years of special education experience in public, private, and charter schools as a teacher and administrator

Personal Experience: Special education program development in US private schools; have served as a consultant to various school settings and to parents throughout the US and international settings.

Scholarly Interests: Special education programming, cultural reciprocity, and inclusion in international schools, US homeschool, and US private and rural schools.

Honors and Awards: Spencer Foundation Post-Doctorate Fellowship Semi-Finalist (2017); Fresno Pacific University Merit Award (2015); Fresno Pacific University Merit Award (2013); Carol Gray Award (2006); America’s Most Influential Teacher (2006); Coordinating Council for Students with Special Needs (1996 – 2005); California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Recipient (1993)

Professional Contributions: Grants: Provost Grant, Fresno Pacific University (2021), Award: $1000; University Diversity Research Grant, Fresno Pacific University (2021), Award: $1200; Provost Grant, Fresno Pacific University (2018), Award: $500; Louisville Institute Pastor Research Grant January 2016 – December 2017, (60% PI), Award: $23,440 Provost Grant, Fresno Pacific University (2014), Award: $300; Provost Grant, Fresno Pacific University (2012), Award: $2,000 Contributing Editor: Journal of Youth Research (2022 – present); Journal on Research in Christian Education (2018 - present); The Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability (2012 - present) Memberships: American Council on Rural Special Education; Council for Exceptional Children Caucus: Faith Based Schools and Organizations; International Association of Special Education; National Indian Education Association

Recent Publications: Lane, J. M., Ellard, A., & Jones, D. (in progress). Cultural awareness and initial special education assessment: A Case Study; Lane, J. M., Kinnison, Q.P., & Ellard, A. (in progress). Creating Inclusive and Hospitable Christian Schools: Part 2; Lane, J. M. (in progress). International schools and special education: A review of the last twenty years; Lane, J. M. (in publication). Special education in Christian schools: A literature review of US Schools; Lane, J. M., & Jones, D. R. (2022/Winter). Child find activities between public and private school personnel: Engagement, barriers, and experiences. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professions, 125-184; Lane, J. M. (2021).  A sampling of international schools’ special education practices and reflections. Journal of International Special Education, 20(1), 32-66; Lane, J. M., & Kinnison, Q. P. (2020). Research on inclusion and belonging in Christian schools. ACSI Research in Brief, 1(2), 5 – 8; Lane, J. M., Kinnison, Q.P., & Ellard, A. (2019).  Creating inclusive and hospitable Christian schools: Three case studies.  Journal of Religion & Disability, 1-22; Lane, J. M., & George, S.  (2018).  Factors that Support High School Graduation for Ute Mountain Ute Youth. Journal of American Indian Education, 57(3), 5-26; Lane, J. M., & Keith, L.C. (2018). A pilot study: Addressing Native American cultural competency. International Journal of Education and Culture, 7(1-2), 13-34; Lane, J. M. (2017).  Special education staffing and service models in Christian schools.  Journal of Research in Christian Education, 26(3), 225-236.

Recent Presentations: Lane, J. M. (Spring/2022). Learning challenges and parent grief. Three Platform Virtual Presentations for the Association of Christian Schools International Early Childhood Conferences.; Lane, J. M. (March 2021). Child find activities between public school personnel: Engagement,   barriers, and experiences, Poster Presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, A virtual conference.; Lane, J. M. (February 2020).  A Sampling of International Schools’ Special Education Practices and Reflections, Poster Presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Portland, OR; Lane, J. M. (October 2019).  Factors that Support High School Graduation for Ute Mountain Ute Youth, Paper Presentation at the National Indian Education Association Conference in Minneapolis, MN; Lane, J. M. (October 2017).  Changing the Culture:  Special Education Programming. Professional Development at the Lutheran Education Association – Houston, TX; Lane, J. M. (April 2017).  Special Education Program Development: Creating a Culture of Belonging. Professional Development at the Lutheran Education Association – Houston, TX.

Favorite Activities: Spending time with family and in the outdoors

What Matters: The simple things in life; God’s love.

What I Like About FPU: I believe serving at Fresno Pacific University provides me with the opportunity to learn alongside my students.  We all bring experiences, expertise, and knowledge to the discussion.  By learning together, we can enrich one another’s lives.